What problem can you solve with your coding skills? What about that app you always wanted to develop? We are kick-starting the womENcourage 2019 conference with a one-day-long hackathon, where you can use your coding skills to bring your ideas to life. We will accept up to 100 hackathon participants based on merit.

Hackathon participants will receive a grant to support the registration to the 3-days Celebration and, if coming from outside the Lazio Region, a scholarship to support travel expenses. Scholarship rules are available here

Preliminary Schedule

8:30 Welcome talk (introductions, sponsors, agenda for the day, where the emergency exits are etc.)
9:00 Ice-breaker
10:00 Quick hackathon-specific talk: tips for successful hackathon projects, start from the design & planning, finish projects by 18:30, if you have slides email them to Dorota by 18:30, judging criteria, awards etc.)
10:15 Start working on the projects
12:30 Lunch available in the room
18:30 Presentations
19:30 womENcourage 2019 Conference Welcome Reception – prizes awarded during the reception

Hackathon FAQs

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is best described as an “invention marathon”. Anyone who has an interest in technology attends a hackathon to learn, build and share their creations in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. You don’t have to be a programmer and you certainly don’t have to be majoring in Computer Science.

Does the hackathon run overnight?

No. There are many weekend-long or 24-hour-long hackathons, but ours is 11-hour-long. We start at 8:30am and continue working on the projects until 18:30pm. After that, we will host project presentations, where you can demonstrate your work to the judges. The prizes will be awarded at the womENcourage conference Welcome Reception, which starts at 19:30pm.

I don’t have a team, can I still participate?

Yes! A lot of people go to hackathons without teams. For this reason, we do not expect you to have a team – in fact, we will ask to individually select the topics around which they may want to build projects. We will match you with other participants who have similar interests, and introduce you to your teammates beforehand, so you can brainstorm your ideas before the event.

What is the team size?

Each team will have 4 members.

I’m not a student anymore, can I still participate?

Yes! The hackathon is open to all womENcourage conference participants.

Will lunch be provided during the event?

Yes. There will be lunch provided in the room between 12:00-14:00. If you’ve got specific dietary requirements, you should let the event organizers know during the registration, and they’ll be more than happy to make arrangements.

What if I don’t know how to code?

Not a problem! It’s absolutely okay if you don’t have prior technology experience or programming prerequisites before going to a hackathon, it’s more about your interest in making a jumpstart in technology.

If you want to learn how to code before the hackathon, there’s a fantastic blog post that you should read. Afterwards, you should check out the following: Treehouse, Codecademy and the Major League Hacking blog to get you started.

But it’s not all just about coding. All projects need variety of skills: people who can design the software, take care of the business side of things, and have domain expertise in areas specific to the product, such as education, transport, health etc. Bring your skills to the table!

During the event, there will also be mentors, who can provide programming support and help you build your project.

What if I don’t want to present my project at the end?

You might think your project isn’t impressive or it might not be finished, so you don’t want to present it. You should present it anyway! Honestly, a hackathon isn’t about being the best or being competitive. It’s all about having fun, making friends and learning how to become better at things you care about. Presenting your hack gives you a chance to be proud of what you’ve done, and you should be proud.

Any other questions?

Questions, queries or requests for support should be e-mailed to acm_w_europe_hackathon@acm.org.